galaxytab101 Judge bans sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab in US

A judge has banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, marking the latest victory for Apple in its ongoing dispute with rival tablet manufacturers.

A judge has banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, marking the latest victory for Apple in its ongoing dispute with rival tablet manufacturers.

 
US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Samsung's tablet should be taken off the market, after an appeal by Apple forced her to recognise that Samsung “does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.”
 
However, Apple is required to post a $2.6 million bond as a protection against damages if the ban is found to have been made in error, suggesting that Koh is still torn on the issue, having previously denied Apple's request for an injunction before the appeal.
 
galaxytab101 Judge bans sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab in US
 
Samsung is expected to make an appeal of its own, saying it will take all necessary legal steps. It also believes the ruling will not significantly affect its business, with several other tablets and products available in the US market, including the Galaxy Tab in smaller sizes. 
 
The Korean electronics giant claims that Apple's complaint over a single design patent that focuses on just one aspect of its tablet's design means that “design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.” In other words, Apple is attempting to control the market and cripple competition through use of what Samsung calls “a generic design patent.”
 
Apple has been widely criticised for orchestrating a patent war with Samsung and other Android supporters over the past two years, resulting in a bitter tug-of-war in the courts throughout the world, the cost of which is but a fraction of the lucrative profits to be made by the victor in the tablet arena.
 
Source: Reuters